2001, 2002 and 2003. Those were the three years that the Lord of the Ring trilogy came out at the theaters. So every December we LOTR fans were treated to a new installment of LOTR and we got to visit Middle Earth for a time.
I read LOTR back in high school, absolutely loved the book, and recall being very skeptical about a movie version. I’d actually gone to the theater to see that Ralph Bashki version and the less said about my experience the better.
Plus, except for a very few exceptions, Hollyweird has never been very good at making fantasy movies. Even the handful of fantasy movies that came out after LOTR did not live up to expectations.
But I was pleasantly surprised when I saw The Fellowship of the Ring. Sure, there’s a lot to quibble about regarding the differences between the book and the movies. I spent enough time on enough LOTR fan forums to be able to quote them from memory.
But that’s all water under the bridge. It’s been eight years since The Fellowship of the Ring came out. Just this past Sunday TNT showed the entire trilogy in one day. They do that now and then. It’s still a great achievement in filmmaking.
And I have to admit I do miss the anticipation I felt back in the fall of 01, 02 and, especially, 03. In 2003, I went with a friend to see the midnight showing of The Return of the King but that included seeing the extended versions of Fellowship and Two Towers right before it so, yeah, we were at the theater from about 10:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the morning of the following day. It was something (meaning I was pretty darn tired afterwards) but also a lot of fun.
The following year I went to Atlanta for a conference on mythology and the modern world and Howard Shore, the composer of the beautifully haunting music for all three films, conducted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a performance of music from the trilogy. That was a rare treat.
So, here it is the fall of 2009 and I’m not really anticipating any new movies. Looking forward to some DVD releases, notably Star Trek and Harry Potter, but there’s no new movie coming out that’s got me all aflutter with anticipation. I suppose for the Twilight fans the release of New Moon is probably something they’re looking forward to.
Oh, well, I can always watch my DVDs of LOTR this December. 🙂